As researchers continue to study the link between sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus infections and head and neck cancers, more and more experts are warning of a potential epidemic. According to a report released earlier this month with data from the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries the human papilloma virus, or HPV, is part of the next wave of cancer threats.
HPV-related cancers have continued to rise in recent year and have been striking the most unsuspecting victims.
‘We are seeing a large number of patients with HPV-associated head and neck cancer and these patients are relatively young, are typically non-smokers and quite often have children,’ says Dr. Robert Haddad, chief of head and neck oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston in an interview with the Daily Mail.
On the fortunate side, HPV-related head and neck cancers are much easier to treat than those linked to drinking or smoking. In fact, 75% of cases are curable. However, treatment of head and neck cancer can still be painful and often times disfiguring. The best way to combat this increasingly wave of HPV-related head and neck cancer is to continue raising awareness of the issue and to encourage more people to get the HPV vaccine.
It is our hope that as technology continues to advance and techniques of treatment and prevention improve, we will be able to eliminate HPV-related head and neck cancers as a threat.
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